CHIN 7001 - Transcultural Comm/Translation Thesis - Extended

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

The research thesis is a compulsory component of the Masters of Interpreting, Translation and Transcultural Communication program, and should be undertaken in the final year of study. This 12-unit course is for those students who wish to proceed to a PhD in the Faculty. In the first instance, students should consult the program convenor for possible topics of research. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Department of Asian Studies, students are encouraged to explore the broad range of academic field expertise the Department and the Faculty has to offer, namely Applied Linguistics, Literature, Translation, as well as Cultural Studies, Transcultural Communication, History, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology. This course will extend over two semesters. In the first Semester, an equivalent of 3 unit points (25% of final grade) will be awarded for a) annotated bibliography, b) a formal research proposal presentation and c) the final research proposal. In the second semester, 9 unit points (75% of total grade) are allocated to the thesis.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHIN 7001
    Course Transcultural Comm/Translation Thesis - Extended
    Coordinating Unit Asian Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact 2 hours supervision per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Completion of 36 units (Credit average) of core courses and electives
    Incompatible CHIN 5007, CHIN 5006, CHIN 7002
    Assumed Knowledge As per Pre-Requisites
    Restrictions Available to M.A.(Int,Trans & Transc Comm) students only
    Assessment Annotated bibliography 10%, Thesis research proposal 10%, Thesis research proposal presentation 10%, Final thesis 70%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Gerry Groot

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    NOTE: This course will extend over two semesters and is taught in conjunction with CHIN 7002

    In the first Semester, there are weekly two hour workshops to discuss theory, research methods, thesis writing & problem solving with preparation for the scaffolding assignments designed to prepare students to complete their thesis in Semester 2.
    Semester two is intended for students to work closely with their supervisor/s to realise the thesis.

    At some point in the semester, students will be expected to present their progress to fellow students and staff.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Access to Barr-Smith Libary databases
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    NOTE: This course will extend over two semesters.

    In the first Semester, there are weekly two hour workshops to discuss theory, research methods, thesis writing and problem solving but it is expected that students will also find a supervisor and have regular meetings with them to help guide their research activities & direction.

    In the second Semester, students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor/s.


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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    NOTE: This course will extend over two semesters.

    In the first Semester, an equivalent of 3 unit points will be awarded for:

    A) Annotated Bibliography on research topic & related matters;
    B) Formal Research Proposal Presentation to fellow students & Staff;
    C) Formal Research Proposal.

    In the second Semester, 9 unit points are allocated to the thesis.
    Assessment Detail
    A) Annotated Bibliography 40%;
    B) Formal Research Proposal Presentation 10%
    C) Formal Research Proposal 50%

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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